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Looks Can Be Deceiving
To look at him, you would never guess he’s in the fight of his life
Rusconi, 47, a native of
In 1998, Rusconi began to experience various health problems, including double vision, fatigue, and numbness and tingling in his extremities
Multiple sclerosis is a potentially debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system
“When I was first diagnosed, I went into a state of denial, depression you name it,” shares Rusconi
Although Rusconi has few visible effects, his MS presents a challenge daily
“My MS diagnosis has really put things in perspective for me,” says Rusconi
Rusconi, a National MS Society, Greater Connecticut Chapter MS Ambassador, was named the official spokesperson for the 2006 Mohegan Sun MS Bike Tour and is again serving in the same capacity for the 2007 tour. He helps the chapter in its efforts to raise awareness and educate communities statewide on the effects of multiple sclerosis and the need to find a cure
Rusconi is also committed to raising funds, captaining an official Cardio Express bike team, consisting of training staff, clients and friends who, together, ride in Mohegan Sun MS Bike Tour in September. Last year, Rusconi’s team raised more than $17,000, making it the event’s top fundraiser.
More than 6,000 Connecticut residents, like Rusconi, are battling the effects of MS
The 2007 Mohegan Sun MS Bike Tour starts and finishes at Mohegan Sun in
CUTLINE: At a June 2006 photo shoot, commercial photographer Al Ferreira provides guidance to Cardio Express trainers and onetime models Melissa Mosher, Shannon Cooper and Derek Dion. The group appear, along with Cardio Express owner Peter Rusconi, on billboards, posters and television PSA raising awareness about multiple sclerosis (MS) and promoting the Mohegan Sun MS Bike Tour to be held in September.
CUTLINE: You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but Peter Rusconi, owner and operator of Cardio Express gyms was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004. Today, he is working with the National MS Society, Greater Connecticut Chapter to raise awareness and serve as the official spokesperson for the Mohegan Sun MS Bike Tour.